Box Score Bank: It's All About 18


Box Score Bank: It's All About 18

I figured we'd kill some time before tonight's game with a little Box Score Bank. And since it's all about 18 for the Celtics, I figured we'd go back 18 years. And since the Celtics season was long over by this day in 1994, we'll have to go with the Red Sox.

Got that?

So, let's set the Box Score Bank for June 7, 1994

Billy Clinton was in his second year as president. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was No. 1 at the box office. I Swear by All-4-One was in the midst of its 11-week run atop the Billboard charts. Five days later, someone murdered Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman

And over at old Tigers Stadium, Roger Clemens was dominating Detroit.

Final Score: Red Sox 5, Tigers 1

In all, Clemens struck out 12 Lou Whitaker and Cecil Fielder three times a piece, Kirk Gibson and Junior Felix twice, and Mickey Tettleton, Tony Phillips and Danny Bautista once over seven innings. He also gave up only four hits, one run (a Tettleton ding dong) and walked three. Ken Ryan pitched two scoreless innings to wrap up the win.

On the other side, the Sox bats hit up David Wells for three runs over five innings including a two-run homer by the almighty Rich Rowland. And picked up insurance runs off Joe Boever (in his pre-Saver days) and Phil Stidham (who gave up a home run to the almightier Lee Tinsley).

But the story was Clemens, which brings me to an important question: How pissed are you going to be when he gets off on this perjury case? I mean, I'm sure he'll get hit with something minimal. And there's a small piece of satisfaction to be had in the fact that he's wasted so much time, effort and money fighting this thing. But just once, I'd like to see one of these guys break the law and actually do some time.

Same goes for whoever killed Ron and Nicole.

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.